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( May. 20th, 2009 09:59 pm)
This evening, I've experienced a bit of a mood swing, from despairing to feeling confident again. After feeling so down for a while, it's good to feel good again.

No doubt, this is in part because I've actually got something in my belly other than just carbs (tip o' the hat to [personal profile] detailbear for reminding me that my diet hasn't been so great lately), and in part because the Abilify dose is back down to the level where I feel good, and in part because of the good weather, and in part because I'm looking forward to this coming weekend at the Longhouse.

But whatever the reasons, I felt good enough and energetic enough this evening that I went for a short walk to the woods and back at 9:30 -- my second walk today! -- and am doing some thinking about my future and where I'm going. I'm even thinking about trying to work again... how's THAT for a mood swing?

In any case, I've got a lot to think about, and I have a feeling that things are going to start clicking into place here again... break time is over!
The State of Washington has sent me a check for $1.
I'm one of 250,000 Washingtonians on food stamps who received $1 checks this week.

The letter accompanying the $1 check encouraged us to deposit or cash it as soon as possible. This presumably is so the state will have the canceled checks to prove they jumped through the hoops of supplying money to the needy, so that the feds will step in with Obama's stimulus funds.

This means I'll get more food assistance and home energy assistance now.

A bailout for the lowest. I like that.

This was a shrewd move on the part of Washington State -- by spending just a trickle more ($250,000) on the neediest Washingtonians, they leveraged open a flood of federal money.

And people wonder why I don't want to leave Washington.

FROM THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_food_stamp_checks.html
Feb. 23, 2009

Washington sends $1 food stamp checks to 250,000

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state of Washington sent out $1 checks to the 250,000 food stamp recipients in the state.

The director of the Community Services Division for the Department of Social and Health Services, Leo Ribas, says the checks mailed Feb. 17 trigger an additional $43 million in federal food benefits. They also connect recipients to an energy assistance program.

Ribas says the $1 check is a one-time move to leverage the federal money. He says next year the state will be able to trigger the federal assistance through a routine deposit in food stamp accounts.

(with information from The Olympian)
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My right foot is swollen, and it hurts to put any weight on it. I had to cancel an appointment I had for this morning because I can't leave the apartment, much less make it downtown. I can't walk down the stairs again, and am pretty much bedridden again. Worse part is, this time all I have is aspirin, which doesn't work well for gout. I need real painkillers!

I'm pretty sure its another gout attack, in combination with my disintegrating orthotics, and my shoes which are starting to wear unevenly from the pronation. Last night, I had Krab dip and crackers for dinner, and I just know that's what must have exacerbated it. It seems that anytime I eat artificial crab meat anymore, I get a gout attack. Ouch. I also probably overdid it on the meat protein last night... I had gone to Haggen when I received my food stamps yesterday, and was craving meat, so I also got some fried chicken.

And the pain started 2 days ago when I ate salmon I got from the food bank last week. Sheesh.

What I am eating is killing me!
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I just went grocery shopping at Haggen's, and was perusing the imported cheese case, when a stack of small, round, red wheels of cheese jumped out at me.

OMG! Wensleydale!

I just HAD to buy it. I've always wondered what it tastes like. It was expensive - $9.99 for a 200g wheel - and an extravagant impulse buy at that, because I had to pay for it with food stamps, and I'm not even employed yet. But, I'm in the mood to celebrate, and... it's WENSLEYDALE!

Guess what I am having for dinner tonight? ;-)

(Sheesh, I'm just as bad as those kids who make their parents buy a box of cereal just because it has their favourite cartoon character on it.)

I've been reading The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, the author who popularized the simple rules for healthy eating:

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

I actually bought the book earlier this year, at the start of Spring Quarter, but never got around to reading it until now. I'd been thinking about his simple rules for eating over the past few days, and then remembered I had this book tucked away. So I pulled it out for some summer reading.

I am finding it to be filled with quite a bit of "food for thought." The story of the modern North American diet is absolutely fascinating. We as a post-industrial people have almost no clue where our food comes from any more. (I, myself, wouldn't know how to feed myself if there were no supermarkets. Would you?) And some of the information contained within is stunning: such as, the majority of the food we eat comes, either directly or indirectly, from corn. I had no idea how much corn was in my everyday diet, and I'm originally from Kansas! This is not necessarily a good thing.

Anyway, I've encountered some new words in the course of my reading today:
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